Tamiya 1/48 scale Bristol Beaufighter MK VI
Aircraft: No. 604 Squadron, Scotland 1943-45
Years ago (probably decades ago) I managed to grab a copy of the two volume set of Edward Jablonski’s book, Airwar. I remember this was the first time I had ever seen or heard of the Beaufighter. The aircraft was well illustrated in the Airwar book with some great combat pictures.
Years later Tamiya would release this model in a beautiful 1/48 scale kit, and I had mine as soon as they hit the shelf at my favorite hobby store.
This kit is really nice, no fit issues at all, a little lite on interior detail, but with a little help by the modeler this can be brought up to a very satisfying level.
The model was painted with Model Master enamels and the decals are from Aeromaster. The model was petty much build out of the box except for some scratch built cockpit details including custom seatbelts.
I have a self made rule of never talking about my model show successes on these posting, however an interesting / funny story occurred with this model about 10 years ago.
I had just finished my Mosquito MK VI and was worried that there would not be very many models entered in this category at the up coming IPMS Oregon show. I decided to take this Beaufighter to beef of the category. As it turned out this little dude won knocking out my Mosquito, and another Beaufighter (belonging to a good friend of mine) that had all sorts of after market goodies and was absolutely beautiful. We were both extremely surprised. Years later my friend Dave still brings this story up, and I too learned a valuable lesson about not competing against yourself at a show.
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